Accession Number:

ADA429020

Title:

Unconventional Warfare in the American Civil War

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-06-18

Pagination or Media Count:

69.0

Abstract:

Considering the history of unconventional warfare in the United States, and specifically during the Civil War, it begs the question Did the Confederacys strategy to engage in unconventional warfare significantly contribute to its conventional strategy Two assertions remain most accepted by historians and military personnel. The first prevailing opinion is that the Confederacys use of unconventional warfare was ineffective and negatively affected the overall campaign. The second opinion is that the Souths unconventional efforts yielded unparalleled success and prolonged the war. To evaluate the impact of the Confederacys unconventional campaign plan, the methodology of this study addresses several subordinate questions Did the Confederacy adopt an unconventional war strategy as part of its overall strategy How did conventional military leaders apply unconventional warfare What effects did unconventional warfare have on conventional operations Was unconventional warfare at the tactical level linked to operational and strategic level objectives

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE